Prevention is better than cure. And this old adage can also apply to your websites. Server crashes and security breaches are not farfetched. It is possible for your website to encounter one during its lifetime and a single encounter can pose numerous problems. Hence, it is better to prepare for this contingency by performing security measures like site backups.
Importance of Site Backups
Have you experienced getting a virus or malware on your computer? Strong viruses can cause your computer to breakdown. Your screen turns black and your computer can no longer boot. The first solution that comes to mind is to use the System Restore feature on your Windows computer. This way, you can turn your computer back to its previous working state and recover files and data that may have been destroyed. A site backup works the same way. This feature saves files, settings and databases of your website at the time of the backup so in case your website encounters problems you can still recover all of them. These problems can include a server crash or a breach on your site’s security. Regular site backups are recommended for all websites in order to minimize or counter the adverse effects in case these problems occur. A single site backup can save your website from devastating losses.
Manual Site Backup
You have two options to perform site backups: Manual or Automatic. Manual site backups are done by manually downloading all your files, databases and site configurations to your computer. To do this, you will need an FTP client like FileZilla, FlashFXP, FTP Voyager, SmartFTP, and CuteFTP. You have to download and install these FTP clients and configure them with iPage’s FTP address. Once connected, you will now be able to download all your files from your site’s directory. This could be a bit tricky if you have no background knowledge in FTPs.
iPage Automatic Site Backup
You can choose to add on your iPage plan Automatic Site Backup services. This iPage feature allows users to restore lost files and databases. It also has a function that allows users to download all files from the site’s FTP directory in the form of .zip archives and store them safely in a local computer. More importantly when you sign up for this service, site backups will be performed automatically for you. So there’s no need to worry about scheduling your site backups and spending hours monitoring the backup process. iPage will perform the site backups on a daily basis so in case of site recovery, you will get your site’s configurations and files on the day before the server crashed.
The automatic site backup feature is not for free. You need to purchase this add-on service for $12.95 per year. This is a fair bargain if you consider the added security and confidence this simple feature can bring.
How to get iPage Automatic Site Backup
You can purchase this essential service during the iPage registration process. Just follow these few simple steps:
- Go to iPage’s official site and click the “Sign Up Now!” button.
- Select your domain name in the following page then click the “Continue” button.
- In the next page, enter your Personal Information and Billing Information. At the bottom of this page, you will find a header entitled “Website Essentials”. This section contains additional services which you can add to your iPage hosting plan.
- Look for the “Automate your site backup” icon and click the “Add to Cart” checkbox next to it.
- Complete the registration by clicking the “Checkout” button. Verify whether the fees for Automatic Site Backup are now included in the total price. Finish the registration and enjoy your new iPage account with automatic site backup capability.